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Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

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Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

We are staying in an apartment in Cannes the last week of April and would like to ask about best day trips to take and best method of transportation to get to those towns.

The apartment is only a short walk from the train station and we are willing to rent a car a few days if necessary as well.

Towns we have been told to see include: Nice, Arles, St. Tropez, Eze, Antibes, Monte Carlo, Menton, Marsielles.

Don't think we can possibly do them all in 5 days so any advice on best towns and best method to get there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

Marseille and Arles are over in western Provence; St-Tropez is difficult to get to and would eat up most of a day. I'd put Nice, Eze-village, Antibes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Vence, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and Villefranche-sur-mer on the list instead of Monte Carlo, Menton, and Marseille to make the best use of your time.

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Thank you! Can we take the train to those towns or should we rent a car?

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3. Re: Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

You can train / bus to all.

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Antibes, Nice, Monte Carlo and Menton are all on the local train line from Cannes which runs commuter style 2/3 an hour. To put things in perspective Antibes is 15 minutes from Cannes and Monte Carlo an hour from Cannes. You can break your journey anywhere on the same ticket - e.g if buying a ticket to Menton you can get off at each of them if you wish. ( Add Villefranche to your list as it is the most beautiful place on the Riviera).

Eze Village is a 20 minute bus trip from Nice ( 82 or 112 bus).

Marseille and Arles are a longer trip - 2 and a half to 3 and a half hours - Arles requires a change at Marseilles. IMO this really needs an overnight to do it justice although on this forum travellers have said they have done Arles in a day.

St Tropez is not on the train line and you need to get the train from Cannes to St Raphael and get a bus or boat ( half hour trip) from there. The nicest way is to take a cruise from Cannes all the way to St Tropez. Trans Cote d'Azur does this sailing but I havn't checked the website to see if there are sailings in April. In any even this is a full day trip.

Ed

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5. Re: Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

Thanks for this information. We will probably skip Marseille, Arles and St. Tropez then and stick to the others. The train does not go to Eze? Only bus?

We are going to rent a car to get to St. Paul de-Vence and Vence versus taking a bus trip.

Does that make sense to do?

We appreciate all your kind assistance.

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Eze village is accessible only by road.

If you plan to rent a car to visit St Paul and Vence you could use the car to visit Eze too and drive along the scenic corniches and back to Cannes along the coastal road. A car is also useful for Cap Ferrat

You could do all of this in one day

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Great! Best car rental spot in Cannes? We saw the Yourent-Cannes at 22 Quai St. Pierre but any advice on best/other places would be helpful as well. We were looking at the Smart Crossblade or even Scooters. Is it difficult to use Scooters in the area (traffic, paving). Is the Crossblade or a car a better choice?

Thanks.

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We stay in Cannes when we travel, and as mentioned, the coastal towns are easily accessible via the train. To get to the mountain villages, take the train to the nearest station and a bus to the villages. Here's how I would plan the trips you are considering:

1) St Paul de Vence and Vence: Train to Cagnes sur Mer and bus 400 to St. Paul and Vence. To get to the stop, exit the train station and walk to your right. You will pass through a covered parking area and cross an overpass. The sheltered stop will be on the other side of the street. The return stop is in front of the station just past where the bus will turn after coming down the incline. For St. Paul, the stop is at the post office, and facing the valley, the Foundation Maeght will be uphill to your right and the village is to your left. Vence is further on the 400 route, and you will want to get off at the bus station that is a collection of open air stalls. To access the old town, walk a short way back towards St. Paul towards the roundabout, and imagining the circle median to be a clock, a walkway into the village would be at 4:00. The Matisse Chapel is a stop I'd recommend in Vence, and let us know if you want directions on how to walk to the convent.

2) Eze Village: Take the train to the Eze train station and the 83 bus from the stop that is outside the station. The villagebus stop is in front of its parking area and it's easy to know where to get off. As you climb the village, follow the signs to the "Jardin Exotique."

3) To get to Nice from Eze Village, take the 82 bus.

4) It's easy to get to Monte Carlo from Eze. Either take the 112 bus direct from the village or the 83 bus to the Eze train station and the 100 bus to MC That stop is outside the station and get off in MC near the Casino. The 112 bus is not as frequent and doesn't run on Sundays, so depending on your timing, the 100 bus may be the best option.

5) While you are in this part of the coastline, I'd also suggest that you look at visiting Villefranche sur Mer, and I'd do this at the end of your day with dinner in one of the harbor restaurants. Watching Cap Ferrat light up is lovely To get to VF, take the 83 bus to the Eze train station and the train from there. The VF beach and harbor are down a flught so stairs from the station. You can also stay on the 83 bus to the Beaulieu sur Mer stop and take a (about) 15 -20 minute walk to Villefranche. It's a lovely walk, and let us know if you want the details.

6) take the 200 bus from Cannes to Juan les Pins and Antibes. The bus stop in Cannes is in its open air bus "station" near the harbor and the Couqullages Brun restaurant. This is where the route originates, and the driver usually takes a break at this point...it's easy to locate. I'd start in Antibes, and the stop you want is Dougmmier (spelling?). When you get off the bus, walk around the corner and diagonally through the the square in which fountains are laid out in a grid. The old town is to toward the coast from there. Your return stop is down Briand from your arrival bus stop and to the left at the intersection. You can also walk to Juan les Pins from Antibes or take the very short bus ride on the way back towards Cannes. You will find oceanfront dining in JLP, but you will have an abundance of opportunities to do this in Cannes. Dining in Antibes will be "old town."

7) From destinations east on Nice, take the train back to Cannes. Use the train between Nice and Cannes as the 200 bus is slow and laborious. I'm mentioning 200 bus in the event you come across this as an option...you won't be happy if you do this.

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9. Re: Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

great information! thank you and "PRINT"! :-)

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10. Re: Staying in Cannes Last Week of April

This may have been obvious, but from Cannes, you will want to travel to Monte Carlo and Villefranche by train if either locale may be where you might start your day.

I was working on a tablet for my last post, and links don't go well when I enter the forum from an email. Here are some transportation links you might find helpful. Follow the directions below the links:

Bus:

http://www.lignedazur.com/

cg06.fr/fr/…

Enter the route number in the search box along the right margin.

Trains:

ter-sncf.com/Regions/…Default.aspx

1) Select the “04 Mandelieu – Cannes – Nice – Ventimiglia” route from the “My Line” list and “Validate.”

2) Under “My search results,” select the same route and you will get to the PDF. For the route in the other direction, scroll through the pages.

Boat trips:

Ile Ste. Marguerite):

http://www.trans-cote-azur.com/#

This company offers a trip to St. Tropez, but unfortunately, it doesn't look like it starts until the end of May.

Abbaye de Lerins:

abbayedelerins.com/cannesilesdelerins/…

Note that this is a working monastery and there is an expected conduct of behavior and dress.

Have a great trip!

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